Cardinal commits at a glance

It is a bit of a mix between players having great senior campaigns, seniors who aren't playing as well as they have come to expect and players who have had their season's cut short due to injury. Here is a look at the Class of 2009 so far . . .

"It's been a tough season so far," Bowling Green QB Aaron Mershman told me via email last week before he helped lead his team to a nice 35-14 victory over Northview to get his team to 4-5 on the season.

Mershman has had a tough go, playing against some very stiff competition this season, but his numbers are starting to round into what was expected at the start of the season after having a hand in all 5 of his team's TDs last Friday night.

Mershman has compiled 1,358 yard passing and close to 300 yards on the ground so far this season accounting for 12 TDs in the air and 3 more on the ground for Bowling Green.

Other recruits are wishing their senior season was on the same line as Mershman's, as they have either missed some time or most of the season due to injury.

Amherst Steele RB Brandon Kish reportedly dislocated an ankle early in the season, thwarting hopes of a 2,000 yard senior campaign. Coopersville, MI DE Alex Andrus too was injury, tearing an ACL in his teams opening game of the season.

Also missing action has been top recruit Jacob Green, the Cincinnati Wyoming TE has caught 15 passes for 243 yards and a 79 yard TD, but is currently sidelined with a back injury.

"He is out this week and I am not sure if he will be available for the playoffs," Wyoming Coach Bernie Barre told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

But it isn't all bad for the Cardinal recruits:

RB David Brown of Shelbyville has ran for 1,111 yards in the first 9 games of his senior season and is among the state leaders with 24 touchdowns on the ground in helping his team to an 8-1 record.

MLB recruit Justin Cruz is helping lead his Fleming Island, FL team to an undefeated record of 7-0. Cruz has compiled 83 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery for Fleming Island who as a unit, has only given up 13.1 ppg.

Otis Brown, the WR from Gainesville, FL, put on a show last time out as he grabbed 11 passes for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns to help his team to a 3-4 record.

Walsh Jesuit DB/RB Armand Dehaney ran for 587 yards and 7 TDs through the first 6 games in helping his team to a 6-2 record (stats unavailable for the last game played).

Donovan Jarrett, the 6-3 303 DT, has compiled 19 tackles for the 6-3 Hamilton Big Blue. Jarrett's contributions helped Hamilton hold opponents to just 13.6 ppg.

Connor Ryan has had a successful season as well at St. Ignatius. After losing their opening game of the season to Cleveland Glenville, St. Ignatius has rolled for 8 straight victories including a 19-16, OT victory over St. Xavier of Cincinnati, a game in which Ryan had 6 receptions for 76 yards and a TD. Ryan also had 8 receptions for 134 yards and 2 TDs in a blowout win over Cincinnati LaSalle and 3 receptions for 136 yards and 3 TDs in an easy win over Massillon Washington.

OL recruit Kitt O'Brien from Lewis-Cass High School in Indiana, has helped his team to an 8-1 record and the No. 3 ranking in Class 2A. O'Brien's blocking has helped the Kings average 38 ppg.

Ethan Buckles, the 6-7 DE from Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, has helped his team to a 9-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in Class A in Indiana. Buckles has been a stalwart on a defense that has only allowed 11 ppg and has beaten a 4A and two 3A teams on the season.

Seth White, a QB for his Columbus Bexley (5-3) team but will play WR next season in Muncie, has thrown for 824 yards on the season despite missing two games earlier in the season, but White's been more impressive lately with his feet, as he has scampered for 352 yards and 6 TDs combined over the past two weeks.

Finally, LB Tony Martin of Park Hills Central in Missouri has helped his team to a 4-4 record, no stats were found for Martin.

Also, Keith Langtry, who plays for one of the nation's top programs in Kansas City Rockhurst, has helped his team to a sterling 7-1 record – he too had no stats available at this time.


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